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Leading practice Mining Acts review

We are encouraging all South Australians to provide input into a review of the laws that guide the development of our State's mineral resources industry.

Leading Mining Acts Review status update

The initial submission round for the Leading Practice Mining Acts Review is now complete.  

The Review Team is currently reviewing the submissions received and further announcements on the next stages of the Review will be made in the coming weeks.  

In the meantime, if you have any further comments or questions, please contact the Review Team via email or by phone:

  • email: DSD.miningactreview@sa.gov.au
  • phone: 08 8463 3000

We thank you for your submissions and your interest in this Review.

About the review

This is your opportunity to contribute to shaping the future of our mineral resources and quarrying industries and have your say on improvements to our framework of mining laws.

South Australia has an international reputation for providing a transparent, thorough and rigorous assessment process for the mining industry but it is vital that we continuously improve and review our regulatory environment.

On 27 September 2016 the Minister for Mineral and Energy Resources announced the Leading Practice Mining Acts Review of the Mines and Works Inspection Act 1920, the Mining Act 1971 and the Opal Mining Act 1995 with the view to introducing a bill to Parliament in mid-2017.

This review will allow for the modernisation of these laws to ensure South Australia stays a leader in adopting modern and efficient practices for exploration and mining activities.

We welcome all industry, traditional and other landowners, regional communities and stakeholders to contribute throughout what will be an extensive consultation process.

What is being discussed?

A series of three Leading Practice Mining Acts Review Discussion Papers have now been released on the respective Acts..

Leading Practice Mining Acts Review Discussion paper 1: Mines and Works Inspection Act 1920 and RegulationsDiscussion Paper 1: Mines and Works Inspections Act 1920 and Regulations

Discussion Paper 1 on the Mines and Works Inspections Act 1920 and Regulations has now been released for public consultation.

The Mines and Works Inspections Act is now nearly 100 years old and its original intent was around the protection of property and amenity, the prevention of nuisance and the health and safety of mine workers and of the general public who may be affected by mining operations. However, the functions of this Act have now been largely replaced by more modern legislation offering far greater protections. Discussion Paper 1 discusses a number of options for review in this legislation.

We welcome your views on the options

You can access the Discussion Paper via:

Comments on the paper are open until 24 February 2017.

Discussion Paper 2: Mining Act 1971 and Regulations

Download the Leading Practice Mining Acts review Discussion Paper 2Discussion Paper 2 on the Mining Act 1971 and Regulations has now been released for public consultation. This is the second in the series of three discussion papers to be released as part of the Leading Practice Mining Acts Review.

The Mining Act 1971 is the central piece of legislation that regulates exploration, mining and quarrying in South Australia. The Act has not been holistically reviewed since 1971. Since that time, rapid technological advances have meant that the industry practices have become far more modern, safe, sustainable and efficient - and community expectations around mining and quarrying (such as expectations around open community engagement) have vastly changed. The Discussion Paper initiates a discussion about the objectives and processes of the Mining Act and Regulations so that we can identify ways of updating and improving regulatory processes, without compromising on their effectiveness and efficiency.

We welcome your views on these options.

You can access the Discussion Paper via:

Comments on the paper will be open until 24 February 2017.

Discussion Paper 3: Opal Mining Act 1995 and Regulations

Opal Mining Act reviewDiscussion Paper 3 has now been released for public consultation. This is the third in a series of three discussion papers to be released as part of the Leading Practice Mining Acts Review.

Opal mining is an important and unique South Australian industry. More than 95% of the world's opal now comes from Australia, and approximately 50% of that production comes from South Australian opal fields.

The Act and the Regulations came into operation on 21 April 1997. Prior to that, opal mining in South Australia was regulated under Part 7 of the Mining Act 1971. Only minor amendments have been made to the Act since it commenced.

Recent consultation with the Regulation Branch, Department of State Development and opal mining associations has identified that some further amendments to the Act would enhance transparency and increase regulatory efficiency. Any amendments identified throughout the Review should improve the Act's ability to balance the various competing interests and priorities around opal mining, and increase community confidence in both the industry and in the regulatory process.

We welcome your views on these options.

You can access the Discussion Paper via:

Comments on the paper will be open until 24 February 2017.

How can you get involved?

You are invited to comment on the Discussion Papers and to share this opportunity with your communities, colleagues and networks.

Feedback and submissions can be:

  • provided on the YourSAy website
  • emailed to DSD.miningactreview@sa.gov.au
  • posted to Department of State Development, Mineral Resources Division, GPO Box 320, Adelaide, 5001

Because the Department intends to proactively engage with as many community members and stakeholders through as many forums as possible (e.g. this minerals website, written submissions, public forums and public meetings, yourSAy, direct meetings with key stakeholders) the Department intends to consider, and transparently publish, relevant comments from this site.

For this reason all comments should be able to be clearly attributed to a person or organisation (the same standard put on everyone making written submissions during consultation). Anonymous, unattributable or irrelevant comments maybe removed if they cannot be verified. This will make sure everyone gets a fair hearing, and we encourage everyone to get involved and make a formal written submission.

Why the review?

The review of the South Australia mining laws will seek to:

The reform of the Mining Acts will seek to:

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